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My colleague: “You can’t read the news with dreads. The chairman doesn’t like it. You have to put on wigs or anything else but not this your dada (dreads)”

Me: “Well, I will go read the news and wait for the Chairman to give me his reasons why I can’t carry my natural hair.

I smiled and went to get my makeup done for the news.

Fast forward to 2 weeks after this conversation, I got the opportunity to meet the Chairman on a different matter. While at it he mentioned my hair and I immediately interjected “Chairman, it’s my natural hair and that’s what I prefer”. To my surprise he said “It is perfect. I have no problem at all with it so long as you keep it neat and tidy as you have always done”

😳😳😳. So where did my colleague get the idea that I couldn’t read the news with dreads? Perhaps her personal opinion or bias or prejudice?

This happened only 2 years ago.

I have also noticed the judgment on some faces sometimes about piercings and tatoos😊 and how easy it is to judge others by those elements

While I respect people’s choices and opinions, I’d say “if e no block your eyes, just pass”. If it doesn’t stop you from doing your work and reaching your full potentials, pass

And lastly, to thine own self be true

Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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